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Free at Last?

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"Free at last!" It has been more than forty years since Martin Luther King Jr. shouted those words to a crowd gathered in Washington, D.C. His speech, "I Have a Dream," is now familiar, even famous. But has his dream been realized? In Free at Last? Carl Ellis offers an in-depth assessment of the state of African-American freedom and dignity within American culture today. U ...more
Paperback, 285 pages
Published December 20th 1995 by InterVarsity Press
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Jared Wilson
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for our divisive and divided times, especially for pastors, ministry leaders, or really any Christian interested in listening well to the African American experience and in understanding the necessary gospel implication of racial justice.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book about the history of the African American experience of the gospel in their quest for freedom. Using the Exodus narrative as a template for freedom today, African Americans have what Ellis calls "soul force," the key dynamic which helped them fight for freedom.

After reading this book I was immediately struck by the parallels between MLK & Malcom X in their respective influence concerning race in America (Martin in the South and Malcolm in the North). I always knew about
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, theology
Love it.

The “soul dynamic” in the hearts of the people led by “Jazz theologians.”

Really helped me appreciate, again, what God can do in different human cultures.


Ya know, I’m a white dude, raised in a more classical/systematic theological approach, and subdued worship participation... so a book like this reveals what I’ve, what many in the white church, especially reformed circles, have been missing out on!

And we’ve been missing out on a lot. It’s just so sad how sin can separate us from
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Very academic.
Aug 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
I read this in 8th grade(?) in preparation for a mission trip. Great book. It gave the God trapped in the confines of perception a bit more wiggle room. Worth another few read-throughs.
Feb 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I am currently reading it. A good book. I have heard nothing but good things about it. I will give it four stars because of it's reputation and because I have not been disappointed so far.
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Helpful historical overview from an explicitly Christian perspective. Excellent glossary. Would have definitely likely a longer part IV which was about goin forward. Practical application is perhaps most important aspect and would want to read more
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